Less glitz but the stars will be out as London bids farewell to ...


Less glitz but the stars will be out as London bids farewell to ATP Finals

Shorn of fans and money, the event should nevertheless cap a tough year courtesy of the the world's top eight

Martyn Herman

It will not be the party envisaged as London bids farewell to the ATP Finals but despite the strangest of circumstances the season-ender should provide an upbeat note on which to finish a difficult year for tennis.

The ATP’s blue-riband event has proved a huge success since it switched to London’s cavernous O2 Arena in 2009, drawing sellout crowds to watch the world’s top eight singles players and doubles pairs go head-to-head.

In 2019, nearly 250,000 fans flocked to the Thames-side dome over the eight days of the tournament won by Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. This time, with London in Covid-19 lockdown, the 20,000-seater arena will be eerily empty, barring the players, their coaches, tournament officials and a smattering of media...

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